Jasmine L. Blanks Jones is a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar and a Dr. William Fontaine Fellow in Africana Studies. As a dual PhD student in Education, Culture and Society, she is also a George and Alice S. Hill Fellow. She is a fellow of Penn’s Center for Experimental Ethnography and the co-Director of the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts (CAMRA).
She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University and taught public school music for several years. Holding a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Blanks Jones founded and served as Executive Director for B4 Youth Theatre, a Liberian NGO that grew out of a pilot of her Master’s thesis which was a prospectus on arts education.
Her research interests include global public health, arts education, youth civic engagement, African post-colonialism and diaspora migrations, African American colonialism and antebellum history. Liberia is her primary research site where she engages in Participatory Action Research, Practitioner Inquiry, and critical ethnography. She will be teaching a new MPH course, PUBH 584 Health Messaging in Africa: Public Performance as Community Health Education.